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'Skype TV' to offer MTV

Joost signs deal with Viacom

Joost, the online TV service developed by the founders of Skype, has struck a licensing deal with Viacom International.

A spokeswoman for Joost confirmed the deal and said additional details would become available later today. Viacom owns various content provides, including MTV and Comedy Central in the US.

The deal should help Joost coexist peacefully with content producers rather than operating at odds with them.

YouTube continues to be at loggerheads with content owners that are unhappy to see their copyright content displayed on YouTube without proper licensing.

Earlier this month, Viacom asked YouTube to remove over 100,000 clips from the site. In a statement, the media giant said that it had become clear that YouTube was unwilling to come to a fair agreement to make Viacom content available on YouTube. Viacom also blamed YouTube's inability to deliver filtering tools that would prevent unauthorised content from appearing on the site.

In addition, Viacom complained at the time that Google and YouTube were retaining all the revenue generated from presenting content without sharing it with the people who created it.

Joost, formerly known as The Venice Project, continues to accept beta users. The service allows customers to watch television programmes on their computers. Rather than streaming the content from a central server farm, Joost works in a peer-to-peer fashion, with users serving as a network that shares content among users. However, it's likely to place huge demands on people's broadband connections.


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